Family Photos {2016}

I was determined to make 2016 the year that we got family photos taken again. We hadn’t had them taken since Crosby was born three years ago! All of those photos still filled all of the frames in our house and while I treasure those pictures, I wanted updated ones so that I didn’t have to continue looking at myself just one week postpartum. Not to mention, the kids have changed SO much in three years. So, on my birthday this year, we headed to Baldwin Park for a mini-session with Ashley of Dearly Photography. I am over the moon with how many great shots she got of us in just 20 minutes.




Thank you so much Ashley!

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday!

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I love photography. If there was more time in the day, I would definitely learn more about it and practice more often. One of my absolute favorite bloggers is Ashley Ann (I know I’ve mentioned this before) and I really loved this post this week. It captures the small things that could easily have been overlooked on a busy Easter Sunday.

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Are you tired of the mommy articles yet? I kind of am, but I do need to share these… 10 Things Working Mothers Don’t Want To Hear and 10 Things People Say That Drive Working Moms Crazy. Please take note.

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Baseball is back and we are excited in the Gilbertson household. This week I stumbled upon Bleacher Creatures, specifically the Matt Harvey Bleacher Creature. How adorable? I definitely think C-man needs one of these.

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You know it’s the little things when you get excited about organic fractionated coconut oil. Fractionated coconut oil does not harden like regular coconut oil does and I’m so excited to use it as a carrier oil with my essential oils. I’m going to be mixing up some concoctions this weekend.

young living essential oils fractionated coconut oil

Your turn! What are you loving?


Don’t forget to check out what these ladies are loving too!

Misha // Mary Beth // Amanda // Laura and welcome to Aileen who is joining in!

Have a great weekend!

Friday I’m in Love

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Due to time constraints (read: two children and a messy house), I haven’t been on Pinterest much lately, which is unfortunate. When I do get on Pinterest, I’m quickly rummaging through my board of recipes to find one that we haven’t tried before…which is most of them. This week, however, we made not one, but TWO new recipes and they were both delicious!
The first was apple cinnamon slow cooker porkloin. I was apprehensive because I tend to overcook meat in the crock pot since it’s cooking all day long, but this was really great! We had [instant] mashed potatoes and mixed veggies on the side.
The second recipe was oven baked fajitas. I was drawn to these because we could put them together the night before and pop them in the oven when we got home. Also, very good!

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While I was doing my weekly stroll through to see if there was anything I couldn’t pass up, I found this onesie and fell in love. It’s just so sweet. If you’re pregnant with a “little sister” this is for you! And no, not for me, there is a reason I didn’t buy it, even though I thought about it.

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I love photography and I love social media, so it’s no surprise Instagram is one of my favorites and one app that I am constantly opening on my phone. I follow a good number of people, most of who I don’t even know, they just take very pretty pictures. I really enjoyed Lindsay’s tips for editing photos for Instagram this week. And while we’re on the topic, Ashley Ann’s challenge for herself, which I can totally relate to. Enjoy!

Don’t forget to hop over to Misha’s blog to see what she’s loving this week and share with us what you’re loving!

Happy last day of February!

my love for photography


this moment is why i love photography.
we were watching mickey mouse clubhouse, like we do often in our house,
and snuggling together on the futon in the playroom.
she had no idea how sweet she was being and probably just thought
my growing belly is becoming the perfect armrest.
she was even oblivious to how squirmy the baby was being at that moment.
but, she melted my heart.
i am often guilty about worrying about having my phone with me at all times,
but i’m sure glad i grabbed it before we headed upstairs.
the picture isn’t great quality and i even filtered it through instagram,
but i will cherish it and that moment.

happy weekend everyone!